While some U.S. Republicans push COVID-19 vaccine, experts warn it may be too late

Republican politicians in the U.S. are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more … Read More

Global Affairs Canada won’t say if diplomats in Vienna hit amid Havana syndrome reports

Global Affairs Canada is not saying whether any Canadian diplomats stationed in the Austrian capital have reported experiencing symptoms of what’s become known as Havana syndrome. It comes as the … Read More

Global Affairs Canada confirms no Canadians in Vienna hit amid Havana syndrome reports

Global Affairs Canada has now confirmed there are no reports of Canadian diplomats stationed in the Austrian capital experiencing symptoms of what’s become known as Havana syndrome. The response, issued following … Read More

Biden pleads with Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines: ‘It’s gigantically important’

U.S. President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration Wednesday over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get … Read More

Sarnia, Ont. mayor expects U.S. border restrictions for Canada to last past Aug. 21

The mayor of Sarnia, Ont., which borders Port Huron, Mich., is anticipating that border restrictions announced by the United States government on Wednesday will extend beyond Aug. 21. Mayor Mike … Read More

Canada will allow fully vaccinated American leisure travellers as of Aug. 9

American citizens and permanent residents who want to come to Canada for non-essential reasons and are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to do so starting on Aug. 9. … Read More

U.K.’s Johnson reverses plan to skip COVID-19 quarantine after backlash

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend 10 days self-isolating after contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, his office said Sunday — reversing an earlier announcement that he would not … Read More

Can a business ban unvaccinated customers? Here’s what we know

As more Canadians get vaccinated against COVID-19 and society starts its climb back to normal, businesses and institutions are facing a difficult question: are they going to require people to … Read More

Growing vaccine hostility in U.S. will be extremely difficult to fix, experts warn

Last weekend, a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas crowed that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration had failed to “sucker” most of the American people into getting … Read More

Fully vaccinated visitors probably won’t spread COVID-19 in Canada, experts say

News that Canada may soon welcome fully vaccinated U.S. travellers comes as COVID-19 cases rise in some states south of the border, but infectious disease experts say the risk posed … Read More

‘Try to overwhelm it’: Bank of Canada governor reflects on navigating a COVID-19 economy

Whenever Tiff Macklem needs a break, he jumps on the exercise bicycle he bought during the pandemic and does a hard workout to clear his mind. The bike has helped … Read More

A Manitoba First Nation is in crisis. Leaders warn of dark pattern without more support

Warning: Some of the details in this story may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. When Manitoba’s Tataskweyak Cree Nation declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, after … Read More

COVID-19 disinformation likely to target Canadian voters in next election, agency warns

The federal cybersecurity agency is warning Canadians are likely to run into some effort by foreign actors to influence or interfere with their right to vote in a possible looming … Read More

Canada donating 17.7M AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines amid global disparities

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the Canadian government will donate a total of 17.7 million additional doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX vaccine sharing program. It comes … Read More

Loosened COVID-19 travel rules boost visits to Canada — but half still turned away

The number of incoming visitors to Canada has been gradually increasing in the days since travel restrictions began easing for fully vaccinated, eligible travellers — and the country’s border agents … Read More

Canada has ‘a practical and a moral duty’ to fight COVID-19 around the world: Freeland

Canada’s deputy prime minister, Chrystia Freeland, says we have a responsibility to make sure COVID-19 isn’t only quashed within our own borders, but abroad as well. Her comments come on … Read More

‘What’s the plan’: Ontario family doctors seek clarity on their COVID-19 vaccine rollout role

Family doctors are awaiting clear details of Ontario’s plan to ramp up their involvement in the COVID-19 vaccination effort. Provincial officials said this week that they hope to include more … Read More

‘Arbitrary and unreasonable’: Movie theatre executives slam Ontario’s reopening plan

Ontario movie theatres will be back in business on Friday as the province moves into Step 3 of reopening in the heat of summer movie season, but strict capacity limits … Read More

When is the pandemic over? Globally, it’s hard to say. In Canada — soon

After more than a year of avoiding crowds, scrubbing our hands and wearing masks, infectious disease specialists say that the COVID-19 pandemic – as we know it – is coming … Read More

Human rights complaint alleges Manitoba First Nation adults with disabilities left behind

Three human rights complaints have been filed against the federal government alleging systemic discrimination and a failure to provide proper services to First Nations adults with disabilities in Manitoba. The … Read More

U.S. hosts Saudi crown prince brother in first high-level visit since Khashoggi killing

Top Biden administration officials on Tuesday hosted a brother to Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the highest-level such visit known since the U.S. made public intelligence … Read More

Who is Mary Simon, Canada’s first Indigenous governor general?

Inuk leader Mary Simon made history on Tuesday after she was named Canada’s first Indigenous governor general. She is set to become Canada’s 30th governor general since Confederation. At the … Read More

Mary Simon, Indigenous leader, will be Canada’s next governor general: Trudeau

Canada is getting its first Indigenous governor general with the appointment of Inuk leader Mary Simon, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The announcement comes five months after former governor general … Read More

COVID Alert app cost feds $20M but results ‘did not meet expectations’: new data

The federal government spent $20 million on a smartphone application designed to alert users to possible COVID-19 exposures, and new data obtained by The Canadian Press shows the results didn’t … Read More

Will we ever lock down again? Experts say it’s ‘unlikely,’ as pandemic finish line draws near

After over a year of back-and-forth public health restrictions aimed at keeping Canadians safe from COVID-19, experts say that the final lockdown might already be behind us — and that … Read More

Border rules start to ease for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers on Monday

After nearly 16 months of rigid travel restrictions, Canada is finally starting to loosen the rules — but only for a specific few. Effective Monday, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent … Read More

Politicians could’ve worked ‘better’ on conversion therapy ban, says 1st openly gay Tory MP

Eric Duncan has spoken more about his sexuality in the past two years than he says he has in his entire 33. The Conservative member of Parliament has talked openly … Read More

Trudeau receives Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 2nd dose

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for his second dose on Friday. Trudeau received the vaccine at a Rexall pharmacy in Ottawa and told the pharmacist that … Read More

Trudeau set to receive second COVID-19 vaccine dose on Friday: PMO

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s about to get his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The prime minister is scheduled to get the shot on Friday, a source from … Read More

WHO asks Western countries to recognize China’s COVID-19 vaccines

The World Health Organization said Thursday that any COVID-19 vaccines it has authorized for emergency use should be recognized by countries as they open up their borders to inoculated travelers. … Read More

Over 270K Canadians got the Covishield vaccine. They may not be eligible for EU travel

Europe is starting to roll out its Digital COVID Certificate, a proof of COVID-19 vaccination program that could one day allow double-dosed Canadians to sip wine at a French vineyard … Read More

Feds making ‘assessment of demand’ from provinces for Johnson & Johnson vaccine supply

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the federal government is conducting an “assessment of demand” for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine supply with provinces and territories. “Decisions are still being made … Read More

Canada again delays overhaul to patented medicine pricing system

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 29, 2021 12:51 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Health Minister Patty Hajdu is … Read More

Could virtual Parliament be here to stay? MPs ponder its post-pandemic use

Like millions of Canadians, members of Parliament are contemplating with mixed emotions the prospect of returning to business as usual after 15 months of working from home. For most MPs, … Read More

Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? Canada unveils new guidance on what you can, can’t do

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released updated guidance for Canadians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The infographic was released on Friday and includes a list of … Read More

The U.S. updated COVID-19 rules for fully vaccinated citizens 41 days ago. When will Canada?

More than a month after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their COVID-19 guidance for fully vaccinated Americans, the growing number of Canadians joining their ranks still … Read More

House of Commons issues first formal rebuke to non-MP in nearly 110 years over Winnipeg lab docs

The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada is now the first non-MP in more than a 100 years to receive a formal reprimand from the House of Commons. … Read More

House of Commons issues first formal rebuke in nearly 110 years over Winnipeg lab docs

The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada is now the first non-MP in more than a 100 years to receive a formal reprimand from the House of Commons. … Read More

What are the odds of a COVID-19 lab leak? Re-examining the virus origins theory

It almost seemed like a joke and far-fetched conspiracy to many — the idea that COVID-19 could have accidentally escaped, or even been intentionally released, from a lab in China. … Read More

Pfizer or Moderna? ‘There’s no better or worse,’ Ontario’s COVID-19 science chief says

Pfizer or Moderna? It’s the COVID-19 vaccine question more and more Canadians are asking themselves as the country adapts to being in the privileged position of having millions of doses … Read More

Biden thanks Americans as U.S. hits 300M COVID-19 vaccine shots in 150 days

U.S. President Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccine shots have been administered in … Read More

The U.K. isn’t worried about AstraZeneca in older groups. So why is Canada cutting down use?

Canadian recipients of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were greeted with yet another shift in Canada’s recommendations for the jab on Thursday when officials said they’re not just allowed to receive … Read More

‘Twiddling our thumbs’: Weekly COVID-19 vaccine supply trailing demand, pharmacists say

As pharmacists get inundated with calls from Canadians desperate to get their hands on a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, some say it isn’t a capacity problem preventing them … Read More

Canada getting 1M extra Moderna COVID-19 vaccines from U.S.: minister

Canada is set to receive an extra one million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States on Thursday night, says Procurement Minister Anita Anand. In a series … Read More

ANALYSIS: Nasal lube, DIY COVID-19 tests and the reality of covering summits in a pandemic

“Ralph Goodale will scrum with reporters at the media centre this afternoon.” Scrum. I couldn’t believe my ears. For 15 months, political reporters across Canada have had little to no … Read More

Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery now includes 40 travel-related prizes

Albertans who get fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will have the chance to win one of several travel-related prizes, as part of the government’s Open for Summer … Read More

Details of plans to ease COVID-19 travel rules coming within days: minister

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government’s plans for a phased reopening of the border to international travel following COVID-19 restrictions will be shared “in the coming days.” In the … Read More

Trudeau tests negative for COVID-19 after G7, will leave hotel quarantine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested negative for COVID-19 following his return from the G7 leaders summit in the U.K. over the weekend, and is now allowed to leave hotel … Read More

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine targets could change in wake of Delta variant, Tam says

Canada is on the cusp of hitting its first national vaccination target, but chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 … Read More

Unused J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses will be given back to the company, Tam says

Canada’s top public health official says more than 300,000 unused doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine will be given back to the company after Health Canada announced it wouldn’t … Read More